Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million in funds seized from his bank accounts for refusing to pay a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, per a Chicago Tribune report.
Apparently, Castro’s father signed an agreement with the school when the budding young star shortstop was only 15. Castro was reportedly expected to pay 3 percent of his contract to the baseball school Mi Futuro Biliguer – or My Future Big Leaguer – but failed to do so.
According to the Chicago Tribune report, Castro’s attorney plans to file a countersuit, and it makes an awful lot of sense.
Per the report:
Castro signed a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with the Cubs in 2012. He paid part of his original $45,000 signing bonus to the school, a source said, but did not expect the payments to continue throughout his career.
Castro’s coach at the school, Manuel Nunez, was planning to sue Castro for “breach of trust and securities distraction,” according to a report, trying to force Castro to give him 3 percent of his contract.
A source said Castro’s attorney plans to file a countersuit against Nunez and claims the contract is baseless, saying the father could not sign away his son’s future earnings.
This sounds entirely odd that the school could claim so much money from Castro, and that his father could sign away his earnings before he even became an adult.